Newsletter European University Sports Association

EUSA Newsletter 03-2023, ISSN 1855-4571

Join the European Universities Championships 2023!

The deadline for registrations into this year’s EUSA European Universities Championships are still opened for the sports taking place in August and September and have been slightly extended for few other sports.

We are announcing the reopening of the registrations until 15th of March, with a few spots left, for: 3x3 Basketball, Badminton, Combat Sports (Judo, Karate, Kickboxing and Taekwondo), Futsal, Table Tennis, Tennis (women teams only), Volleyball (men teams only) and Water Polo.

The deadline for the sports taking place in August and September, remains 15th of March. Therefore, if your chosen sport is Orienteering, Rugby7s, Golf, Rowing and Beach Sports: Beach Handball and Volleyball, do not hesitate and register and secure yourself a place in another great EUSA competitions.

This year, as many more since 2001, when the first European Universities Championships started as being part of EUSA Sports program, higher education students in Europe, have the opportunity to take part in 16 European Universities Championships, that will be taking place around 16 European cities and countries. Some of them have already been hosts to multiple Championships before, some of them are trying their organising skills for an EUSA event for the very first time.

Spaces across all sports are limited however, and registrations will completely close once the limit of participants in each competition has been reached.
Interested participants should see the event pages for details and contact the national university sports body in your country to register.

At the same time, please note that we are also inviting invite volunteers to register their interest to take part in the sports events and contribute to the organisation of the championships, with the same deadlines to apply March 15 for sports which start in August and September.

If your plans for the summer are to represent your university on one of the European Universities Championship and taking on the best from universities across Europe in your favourite sport, do not miss the last chance to get to the competition.

For more information about the European Universities Championships, please see EUSA Championships, for general overview, and specific event pages for details.

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iSport project partners meet online
02 February 2023

On the last day of January, the partners of the Inclusion in Sport (iSport) Erasmus+ project met online for another partner’s meeting, for an update on the creation of the serious game and future working tasks.

Changes in the Croatian Academic Sports Association
03 February 2023

At the Executive Board meeting of the Croatian Academic Sports Association (HASS), held on February 1, voted in and presented were the newly appointed Sports Director Ms Jelena Matesic and Secretary General Mr Nikola Vincetic.

EUSA takes part in consultation on volunteering in Ljubljana
03 February 2023

Slovenian Association for Promotion of Volunteering (Slovenska filantropija) organised a national consultation on volunteering on February 2 at the House of the EU in Ljubljana.

EUSA Supervision Commission visit in Budapest
06 February 2023

The Hungarian capital city Budapest hosted a two day Supervision Commission Meeting, on 2-3 of February, as the local organisers provided updates of their continual progress in organisation of the next edition of the European Universities Games 2024 in Debrecen and Miskolc.

EUSA Statement on Solidarity with Ukraine
13 February 2023

European University Sports Association (EUSA) held an online meeting with its Member Associations on Thursday, February 9, 2023 to discuss the latest International Olympic Committee (IOC) ‘Statement on solidarity with Ukraine, sanctions against Russia and Belarus, and the status of athletes from these countries’.

ESOM partners meet in Ljubljana
14 February 2023

EUSA Institute and the University of Ljubljana hosted the kickoff meeting of the project Enhancing Sport Organisations and Management (ESOM), co-funded by the European Union.

YIAP partners meet in Lisbon
17 February 2023

On February 13-14, in the capital of Portugal, Lisbon, the transnational partners meeting of the Youth Integrity Ambassador Program (YIAP) took place, happening on the occasion of the YIAP Training Course for young ambassadors.

YIAP Training Course in Lisbon
17 February 2023

From 9-15 of February, in Lisbon, 36 participants had the chance to attend the Training Course within the Youth Integrity Ambassadors Programme project, with the main goal of giving the skills and knowledge to the young representatives in order to become the future sports integrity ambassadors.

Lisbon to host EUSA Rugby7s in 2023
17 February 2023

On 14th of February, the Inspection visit of the European Universities Championship in Rugby7s took place, as a check up on the ongoing preparations for the competition that with the newly confirmed dates, will take place from 28-31 of August, in the Portuguese capital, the city of Lisbon.

EUSA working visits in Portugal
20 February 2023

On 15th of February, representative of EUSA continued his working visit to Braga, the hosting city of the European Universities Championship in Volleyball. The competition will take place from 16-23 of July.

New ESC volunteers welcomed for 2023
20 February 2023

European University Sports Association (EUSA) with its Institute welcomed three international European Solidarity Corps (ESC) volunteers into the office, joining the team in Ljubljana for the period of 7 months.

Changes in the Albanian Federation of University Sport
21 February 2023

On 17 of February, the Albanian Federation of University Sport held their second Electoral Assembly.

EUSA Honorary Member receives state award
21 February 2023

On the occasion of the State Restoration Day, 16th of February, the President of the Republic of Lithuania Mr Gitanas Nausėda presented state awards for services to Lithuania and for promoting its name in the world.

Brand Value Alignment through Dual Career project reaches next phase
22 February 2023

Roma Tre University hosted the first in-person meeting between the Brand Value Alignment through Dual Career (BRAVA) project partners in Rome from the 20th until the 22nd of February 2023.

EUSA Webinar: Women in Leadership as Role Models
23 February 2023

The registrations for the EUSA Webinar: Women in Leadership as Role Model that will be held online on March 1, between 3PM and 5PM (CET), are still open.

Croatia honors success within university sport
24 February 2023

On Thursday, 23 February, the UniSport Stars - Annual Award of the Croatian Academic Sports Association for the academic year 2021/2022 was held, celebrating the success within university sport for the academic year 2021/2022.

Gold Star of sporting merit awarded to CUSI
24 February 2023

On the 294th National Council meeting of the Italian National Olympic Committee (CONI), that took place at Foro Italico on 23 of February a special award in the field of university sport was awarded.

500 days to EUG2024
28 February 2023

In (less than) 500 days, Hungarian cities Debrecen and Miskolc will host the European Universities Games - EUG2024.

FISU Section
FISU Section
Nomination for FISU FVLA 2023
15 February 2023

Members of the International University Sports Federation (FISU) are now able to start nominating candidates for the 2023 edition of the FISU Volunteer Leaders Academy (FVLA) which is planned to be held online in June and September sessions. The FVLA opportunity is open to university students aged between 18-25 years, who showcase a genuine interest and involvement in university sports events and in sport, cultural and social life.

Important Dates Coming Up
March 1


EUSA Webinar: Women in Leadership as Role Models

March 15  

Deadline to register for participation and international volunteering at the European Universities Championships 2023

March 23-
March 26

EUSA-FISU Seminar 2023
Val di Zoldo, Italy

What's up! - Student Column
What's up! - Student Column

Zero discrimination in sport

whatsup-marchThis month’s What’s up student Column examines the topic of Zero Discrimination in Sports from the point of a current EUSA volunteer, Kinga Gaal who used to be a professional powerlifter athlete.

The first of March is designated as Zero Discrimination Day each year. By opposing the governments and policies that support or promote discrimination, as the name implies, this day strives to create a world free from discrimination. There are many ways to discriminate against athletes, especially in sports depending on the genders, races, sexualities, beliefs and disabilities.

Should women and men in gender balanced teams compete against each other? This is one of the most controversial topics in sports, it is extremely difficult to give a straightforward answer.

There are many challenges that women may encounter in the context of sports. One of the most effective ways for advancing gender equality and empowering women, is Sport. Gender equality, inclusion and diversity are fundamental principles of Olympism and the International Olympic Committee set strategic gender equality & inclusion objectives and goals for the time period between 2021-2024 (Paris). The Olympic Games Tokyo in 2020 was the first ever gender- balanced Olympics in history and in the future plan is to continue this outstanding achievement.
The main objectives include renewed focus on accelerating progress across the entire Olympic Movement and the implementation of the Olympic Agenda 2020+5.

From my personal perspective, there weren't many female powerlifters when I started to take the sport more seriously. Regarding women participating in this sport, there are several perceptions, it is not particularly considered as a feminine sport and there is a general belief that male exclusively achieve more success in it. After two years of international competitions, I saw an increase in the number of women in my field and the level of competitiveness. It was incredibly inspiring for me the fact that there was more and more emphasis on gender equality in powerlifting and in the social media female athletes shared their experience and motivated people to start their powerlifting journey.

Young people from all around the world have the chance to discuss, create, advance, improve and promote diversity, inclusion, equality and acceptance. I am lucky to be part of the European University Sport Association which is an international organization where I can reach and influence the young generation to talk about the importance of the Zero discrimination in sports. Doing sports is a useful tool to embrace and involve everyone and encourage.

The author of this article Kinga Gaal is a graduate of the University of Groningen, completed a Bachelor degree in International Business. Currently she is a volunteer at the European University Sports Association.

People are meant to be one and not divided on the basis of gender, race or color. Let us make this world one strong place on the occasion of Zero Discrimination Day.

Are you a student with an opinion? We are looking for new contributors for our student column every month. Feel free to contact to offer a piece or propose a topic.



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